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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening This Week Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Andrew Jacobs, Molly Ephraim It has been more than 14 years since micro-budgeted thriller The Blair Witch Project broke box office records by pioneering faux documentary horror and 12 years since its awful sequel, which adopted a narrative structure, did not. In 2009, however,...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening This Weekend The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig In this PG-rated fantasy adventure based on the short story by James Thurber and previously made into a 1947 film starring Danny Kaye, a day dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies (Stiller) embarks on a...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening This Weekend   Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd Friends since their days together at Saturday Night Live, director/writer Adam McCay and Will Ferrell have collaborated time (Anchorman) and time (Talladega Nights) and time (Step Brothers) and time again (The Other Guys) on the big screen. Next,...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening This Weekend The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan In this PG-13-rated fantasy adventure, Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) and wizard Gandalf the Grey (McKellan) accompany the dwarves on a quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from the evil dragon Smaug (voice of Benedict Cumerbatch)…oh, and there’s a...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening This Weekend Inside Llewyn Davis Oscar Issac, Carey Mulligan In this R-rated dramedy, the Coen Brothers (Fargo, No Country for Old Men) present a week in the life of a young singer (Issac) as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. The Plus: The players. Time (Raising Arizona) and time (O Brother, Where Art...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening This Weekend Frozen Voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad In Disney’s PG-rated and animated loose adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale The Snow Queen, fearless optimist Anna (Bell) teams up with Kristoff (Jonathan Goff) in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf...

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Reel Report by Jeff Boam   Opening This Weekend   The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchinson In this PG-13-rated fantasy actioner, Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Hutchinson) become targets of the Capitol and heroes to the rebels after their Hunger Games victory sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. The...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening This Weekend The Best Man Holiday Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs In this R-rated comedy from Malcolm D. Lee (Undercover Brother), a sequel to 1999’s The Best Man, a group of college friends (Chestnut, Diggs, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau) reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, only to find that some...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening This Weekend Thor: The Dark World Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman Following the ginormous success of superhero team-up flick The Avengers, Marvel Studios launched what it calls Phase 2, the continued rollout of comic book properties that includes Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014), Guardians of the Galaxy...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening This Weekend Ender’s Game Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford In this PG-13-rated sci-fi actioner, the International Military seeks out a brilliant young mind (Butterfield) who’s insusceptible to alien control and can lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth. The Plus: The source material....